Uwazi analysis on budget openness launched in Kigali

Without information about budget allocations and execution, citizens are left clueless on how their tax money is spent. Public scrutiny of the budget process is crucial to any system of checks and balances. How do countries in East Africa fare in this regard? The International Budget Partnership (IBP) Open Budget Survey (OBS) systematically assesses how accessible or ‘open’ budget processes are to citizens. In 2010, the Survey was conducted globally in 92 countries, the largest survey of its kind. Using data from three OBS survey rounds (2006, 2008 and 2010), Uwazi at Twaweza compiled this brief for East Africa East Africa, covering Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda (information for Burundi is not available). The brief reveals a trend towards more openness, but also shows that the level of budget transparency remains poor and that oversight institutions are weak. It is further found that governments fail to publish key budget documents and that the documents that are published provide only limited information. Some media reports on the findings:

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